Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — Last week, hundreds of current and retired first responders, firefighters and police officers joined with representatives from municipal organizations and Democratic legislators to rally against legislation that would strip these retirees of their hard-earned health care protections. When faced with this legislation on the floor, Democrats successfully negotiated with House leadership to adjust the bill’s language to reflect recommendations that both municipal groups as well as labor groups could agree on.

“Our firefighters and police...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. and Progressive Women’s Caucus Chairwoman Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and state Reps. and PWC members Pam Faris (D-Clio), Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw) and Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) expressed their concerns today with House Bill 4500, which would require an embryo or fetus be considered a “person” when counting the number of victims of a crime for the sentencing of criminal defendants. If passed, this bill would allow Michigan courts to treat pregnant women convicted of various crimes more harshly, whether they...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

LANSING — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives voted on House Bill 5013, which makes various changes to the state’s auto no-fault insurance system. The bill failed to pass. In response, state Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) issued the following statement:

“It is no secret that our auto insurance rates are simply too high for drivers to afford, but the bill that came before us today would not have actually helped lower these high costs for...

Friday, September 29, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) introduced House Bill 5054 yesterday to ensure that clergy members who commit sexual assault could be charged with criminal sexual conduct under Michigan law. The bill was inspired by events involving a pastor in Smiths Creek who could not be charged for sexually assaulting a woman during a supposed religious ceremony.

“People with certain titles or professions oftentimes have authority or special influence over those who go to them for...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) introduced House Resolution 156 today to declare Sept. 26, 2017, as Michigan Youth Consent Day in the state of Michigan. MY Consent Day is designed to empower young people, especially college students, to know their rights, to communicate about consent and to engage in healthy relationships to better prevent sexual assault.

“It is so incredibly important that young people recognize the power of consent in forming both healthy...

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